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Space Solutions

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 118 September 2003

Sometimes a room hardly works when it should be working hard. Fortunately, all it takes are little organizing tricks (a few big ideas, plus a twist or two) to maximize how you use any area.

Think Vertical
The big idea
Instead of piling office essentials on a desk, use a pegboards to create vertical storage that can be customized.

The little twist
Transform everyday items, such an clipboards and plastic pockets, by hanging them on the board.

 
Convertible Workstation
The big idea
This now-you-see-it, now-you-don't, full-service worktable with plenty of storage deconstructs into two bookcases and a wall hanging. It changes from a nook into an office and back again. Work away, then hang the desktop on the wall from sturdy dowels.

The little twist
Details on the worktable, such as a ruler glued on for easy measuring, make the setup even more user-friendly.

How to do it
You'll need an unfinished hollow-core door the same width as two unfinished bookcases. Sand and paint bookcases; add casters. Use a hole saw to make two 2-inch holes in door for hanging (and for computer and electric cords). Paint door edges; varnish front and back. Slip 2-inch plastic grommets into holes. For hanging, drill 1 3/4-inch holes into a piece of plywood, and glue 1 3/4-inch-diameter dowel pieces in holes so they are flush with plywood back. Nail plywood to wall.

Comments (14)

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    the peg board idea is so trendy right now, I have a home made room divider I made outta peg board, and I traced on black contact paper the stuff I hang on it , just like in a workshop, and it makes great modern art.
    Also, you could paint/decoupage the door if you dont want a plan door just hanging on the wall.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    the peg board idea is so trendy right now, I have a home made room divider I made outta peg board, and I traced on black contact paper the stuff I hang on it , just like in a workshop, and it makes great modern art.
    Also, you could paint/decoupage the door if you dont want a plan door just hanging on the wall.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    the peg board idea is so trendy right now, I have a home made room divider I made outta peg board, and I traced on black contact paper the stuff I hang on it , just like in a workshop, and it makes great modern art.
    Also, you could paint/decoupage the door if you dont want a plan door just hanging on the wall.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    the peg board idea is so trendy right now, I have a home made room divider I made outta peg board, and I traced on black contact paper the stuff I hang on it , just like in a workshop, and it makes great modern art.
    Also, you could paint/decoupage the door if you dont want a plan door just hanging on the wall.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    I would not just nail plywood onto wall. I would find studs and secure to them. You are hanging a door on it. Even thought it is a hollow core door they still weigh about 20 lbs.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    Love this idea, but I would have trouble lifting the door up on the wall. Think I will try to put piano hinges on the top so it would fall in front of the unit to appear as a console looking piece.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    We are planning his and hers work spaces that can both double as guest rooms and I like the vertical idea a lot. Now to find comfortable sleeping arrangements for two people in each "normal" size room.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I love it! It's great for the guest room which I use for my crafts and scrapbooking!

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I like this idea, and plan on using it as a cutting table for my sewing room. I would prefer cabinets with doors instead of shelves, that way I can tuck things away. The casters are a great idea since I would move the unit against the wall when not in use, and pull it out when I'm cutting fabric.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I love this idea for housing my scrapbooking supplies. We have a tiny house, where everything needs to serve a double purpose, and this would work perfectly for us. Thanks!

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I love this idea. Sounds much easier than the idea I had. I want something that can be taken down. I want it for my sewing/office room. I may try to use a prefab kitchen cabinet in place of one bookcase.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I agree with you thohlfeld. Way too much work. I like the idea of the desk to be stationary I would keep it up and together all the time. The casters wouldn't work well on carpet so I might do this idea in my craft room it seems like an affordable solution to a workstation.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    the door can be one of those hollow-core, which is extremely light (compared to a solid door.

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I love pegboard as an idea. But I think people have a lot of trouble finding the pegboard accessories--shelves, etc.

    The "take it apart" desk would annoy the heck out of me. I'd need 2 people to take the door off the wall. Too much work!

    Maybe it'd be OK for crafting, or sewing, if I only do it in two-week spurts, so I can set it up